In 2014-15, the Bulldogs engineered one of the most remarkable turnarounds in BIG EAST conference history. Coming off a 14-17 campaign and a ninth place finish in the conference in its inaugural season, Butler was picked to tie for seventh place in the annual preseason poll of BIG EAST coaches. Under the direction of then interim head coach Chris Holtmann, the Bulldogs jumped out to a 10-3 start, including a victory over #5/6 North Carolina and a third place finish in the rugged Battle 4 Atlantis. That momentum helped spark Butler to four more "Top 25" wins, a tie for second place in the BIG EAST and a No. 6 seed in the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. The Bulldogs posted a win over Texas, 56-48, in the second round of the national tournament, before falling to #8 Notre Dame, 67-64 in overtime, in the round of 32. Butler finished the season with a 23-11 record, matching the 11th-highest single season win total in school history. Holtmann, who was named Butler's permanent head coach in January, became just the third coach in school history to lead the Bulldogs to the NCAA Tournament in his first season. Butler's climb from 4-14 in the BIG EAST in 2013-14 to 12-6 in 2014-15 tied the fourth-best turnaround (+8) in BIG EAST history!
Butler returns three starters and its top three scorers from last season's 23-11 team that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Seniors Kellen Dunham and Roosevelt Jones earned All-BIG EAST accolades, while junior Andrew Chrabascz also averaged double figures for the 2014-15 campaign. Junior point guard Tyler Lewis, a former McDonald's All-American, is now eligible after transferring from North Carolina State. The Bulldogs' depth will feature sophomores Kelan Martin, Tyler Wideman and Jackson Davis, graduate transfers Austin Etherington and Jordan Gathers, and freshmen Nate Fowler and Sean McDermott.
Season tickets holders will once again have the option available for seat selection at Hinkle Fieldhouse for the 2015-16 season. In September, we will host our season ticket holder “Select-a-Seat” event. Through this program, fans will be assigned a time, based on their Priority Point average PER SEAT, to come to Hinkle Fieldhouse and select their season ticket seats for the 2015-2016 season. This process allows fans the freedom to look at different available seating options and choose the seats that best fit their needs, all while adhering to the Priority Points System. Similar seat selection events are used prominently throughout college athletics. We believe that this method of seat selection is the most authentic and transparent use of the Priority Points System and also grants fans more freedom than ever in choosing great seats in Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Here’s How It Works
Wednesday, September 9
Thursday, September 10
Wednesday, September 16
Thursday, September 17
Friday, September 18
During the September dates listed above, all fans who have turned in a season ticket request form will be notified via e-mail of their assigned day and time to come to Hinkle Fieldhouse and choose their seats. Each fan’s date and time to select seats will be determined by their Priority Point average PER SEAT as of September 1, 2015. The Select-A-Seat event will begin each day at 10:00 a.m. and continue until 6:00 p.m. with a hour break for lunch.
Q: What if I cannot attend the Select-A-Seat event at my assigned day and time?
A: If you are unable to attend at your assigned day and time you can send another person in your place. If that is not possible, you will be given the opportunity to provide us with your top preferences for seating locations in Hinkle Fieldhouse. Then, at your assigned time, seats will be selected for you.
Q: How will the process work?
A: Fans will be assigned a 10-minute selection period. For example, a fan may be assigned the 10:00 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. period on Thursday, September 10. At the fan’s assigned time, he/she will be escorted into the area where seat selection takes place. This will likely be in the main concourse of Hinkle Fieldhouse. We will have detailed maps of every section with specific rows and seats shown. When a seat has been selected it will be crossed out so that other fans are not able to select that same location. During your selection time, you will be escorted by a Butler Athletics staff member to help you with the seat selection and checkout.
Q: Can I go into the arena and look at different seats?
A: Yes, however we recommend that fans avoid this if possible so they are able to select seats before the next 10-minute period begins.
Q: What if I need more than 10 minutes?
A: Fans can take as long as they wish to select seats. However, each 10 minutes another group of fans will be admitted to the selection area and allowed to select their seats.
Q: How many people will be selecting seats at once?
A: A very small number of fans will select seats during each 10-minute period. This will allow each fan the opportunity to speak to their Butler Athletic staff seat rep about their seating wishes.
Q: Why are we selecting seats this way?
A: There are multiple reasons. First, with the Hinkle renovation of the main arena taking place before the 2014-2015 season, reseating of the arena was needed as the sections, rows, and seats all changed from the past configuration. Second, we believe that this method of choosing seats is a more transparent and fan-friendly way of choosing seats, while still abiding by the same Priority Points system that has been in place for eight years.
Q: What if I choose seats that are different than the ones I requested on my order form?
A: That’s ok! If you choose seats at the Select-A-Seat event that are in a different price level than the ones you selected on your order form, we will refund or charge you the difference.
All seat selection times will be assigned based on Priority Points. For more information on how priority points are calculated, click here. The final points PER SEAT average is used to assign fans a date and time to come to Hinkle Fieldhouse for the Select-a-Seat event.